A German politician is facing calls to resign over allegations that
he prevented police from sharing pictures of the Berlin truck terrorist
when he was at large.
Reports in Germany claim that Till Steffen prevented law enforcers in
Hamburg from releasing pictures of Anis Amri, despite him being the
most wanted man in the world after Monday’s terror attack.
Amri, 24, was named as a suspect on Wednesday after his wallet was
found in the lorry which ploughed into a crowd of people at a Berlin
Christmas market, killing 12 people.
Till Steffen has been criticised in Germany amid claims he prevented
police from sharing images of terror suspect Anis Amri when he was at
It has been alleged that Steffen, who is head of the judicial authority
in Hamburg, prevented the pictures being circulated because he feared
sharing images of Islamist terror suspects will incite racial hatred.
Newspaper Bild reported that police were able to give a description of
the killer, but not show the public what he looked like because of
Insiders claim he was worried the pictures of terror suspects incite racial hatred.
Joachim Lenders, chairman of Hamburg’s regional police force, is
quoted by Bild stating: ‘It is incomprehensible that investigating
authorities are thrown such truncheons.’